During the recent NCAA Convention, Division II members voted to do away with the academic status of “Non-Qualifier” effective August 1, 2021.
This action means that any student-athlete who enrolls at an NCAA Division II institution on or after August 1, 2021 will be classified as either a Qualifier or as a Partial Qualifier.
Any student-athlete currently attending a junior college as a Non-Qualifier or who would be classified as a Non-Qualifier as a freshman entering a Division II university this coming Fall will be treated as a Partial Qualifier effective August 1.
As a result of this action, a student-athlete who enrolls at a Division II university with Partial Qualifier status will be able to practice and receive an athletic scholarship during their first year of enrollment. A Partial Qualifier will not, however, be eligible for competition in their first year.
If you have questions about how this changing rule may impact you or your athlete, schedule a confidential Eligibility Issues consult online, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 913-766-1235.